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28: Talents, Dreams, Working and Unworking

In this episode, my 20-year-old daughter, Imogen, and I talk about what she wants to do when she finishes her university degree in a few months' time.

  • What are Imogen's dreams for the future, and is it possible for her to follow them?
  • Should I encourage her in these dreams?
  • Or should I point her in the direction of safe and secure employment?
  • We all have talents. Are we obliged to use them?
  • What might the word 'unworking' mean?
  • Using our own definition of the word, should unschooling lead to unworking?
  • Unschoolers are different. Can this be frustrating?
  • And what new adventure might Imogen and I be setting out on? 
Please visit my blog Stories of an Unschooling Family to read the program notes.


27: The Tricky Business of Registering an Unschooler as a Homeschooler


This week I report back on our recent homeschool registration visit.

  • Is it possible for unschoolers to register as homeschoolers and not compromise their way of life? e.g. How can we fulfill strict requirements such as the need to follow the school syllabus?
  • Is there a gentle way of changing people's misinformed opinions about unschooling?
  • Is it necessary to find a way of showcasing our children's learning when we are dealing with such people as the educational department?
  • How did our registration visit go? Did our Authorised Person like my Evernote records?
  • And do I sound like an Evernote salesperson? (I suppose I did get a bit carried away!!!)

You can find the show notes on my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family.

You can find my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek on Amazon.